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Kentucky whitewater, Harrod's Creek

Oldham Jefferson county, Kentucky 53 to Ohio River section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS I-II     30 miles
 
Kayaked from 329 to 42 ... weather was great ... about 5 spots that you will need to get out and walk ... what an excellent paddle. Says Brendan

The starting location is a short drive from Louisville, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you won’t get lost. If you've been whitewater rafting and kayaking outside Kentucky you might find the rivers here a bit more manageable, so better not forget that rivers
    in this state are less demanding. The Kentucky 53 to Ohio River stretch of Harrod's Creek in Oldham/Jefferson County is 30 miles long and it is classified as a class I-II section by American Whitewater. You might have to
settle for a hotel a bit away from the river if you want to stay the night, and if you make reservations in advance you're all set. Since you're on this site you are probably into whitewater rafting or kayaking, either way there are lots of good spots for that around here. A stretch this long is of course too much for a one day trip, so make sure you pack enough food along with your camping gear. Great exercise and spending some quality time  
in nature have people coming from far and near. This is one of a small number of paddling stretches in this river system, there are a few others too. And of course, there are campgrounds nearby.

Briefly about the general area:
You'll meet a lot of people from Goshen here, and obviously, everyone loves E. P. 'Tom' Sawyer State Park. The high level of precipitation makes Harrod's Creek a quite wet spot. During the month of July you get the most rain around here, and the driest month is February. For the period of the days of summer at Harrod's Creek temperatures are typically in the 80's.

Harrod's Creek, Kentucky 53 to Ohio River road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.

   

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OUTDOORS
These outdoors activities are available near Harrod's Creek.
 Whitewater Near Harrod's Creek:
Harrod's Creek, Oldham/Jefferson County, 8 miles away
      Class I-II - 30 miles long (Kentucky 53 to Ohio River)
Plum Creek, Spencer County, 17 miles away
      Class II(III) - 8.9 miles long (Wilsonville to Salt River)
Ohio River, Clark County, 18 miles away
      Class II(IV) - 1 miles long (Upper Falls of Ohio)
Little Kentucky River, Henry/Trimble County, 18 miles away
      Class II - 8.1 miles long (Sulphur to Kentucky 421)
Ohio River, Clark County, 19 miles away
      Class I(II) - 0 miles long (Lower Falls of Ohio)
Salt River, Bullitt County, 21 miles away
      Class I - 11.5 miles long (Stringer Lane river bottoms to Shepherdsville)
Floyds Fork, Bullitt County, 21 miles away
      Class I - 9.6 miles long (1526 Bridge to Highway 61/Salt River)
 Ski Areas Near Harrod's Creek:
Perfect North, Indiana , 60 miles away, 400 foot drop, 10 lifts, 23 runs
Paoli Peaks, Indiana , 69 miles away, 300 foot drop, 9 lifts, 16 runs
 Marinas Near Harrod's Creek:
River's Edge Marina, Charlestown , 4 miles away
Tartan's Landing Marina, Goshen , 4 miles away
Louisville Yacht Club, Prospect , 5 miles away
Heather's On the River, Prospect , 7 miles away
Rose Island Yacht Club, Prospect , 7 miles away
 Hotels Near Harrod's Creek:
Holiday Inn Express LOUISVILLE NORTHEAST, Louisville , 5 miles away
Hampton Inn Louisville-Northeast KY, Louisville , 5 miles away
Residence Inn Louisville Northeast, Louisville , 6 miles away
Drury Inn And Suites Louisville North, Louisville , 6 miles away
Courtyard Louisville Northeast, Louisville , 6 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Harrod's Creek:
Charlestown State Park, Charlestown, 8 miles away
Cedar Ridge Camp, Louisville, 12 miles away
Clarksville KOA Kampground, Clarksville, 17 miles away
 Public Lands Near Harrod's Creek:
E. P. 'Tom' Sawyer State Park, Kentucky , 6 miles away
Clifty Falls State Park, Indiana , 21 miles away
General Butler State Park, Kentucky , 30 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Harrod's Creek:
Nevel Meade Golf Course, Prospect , 3 miles away
Sleepy Hollow Golf Course, Prospect , 3 miles away
Glen Oaks Country Club, Prospect , 4 miles away
 Lakes Near Harrod's Creek
Tucker Lake, Jefferson , 10 miles away
Riggs Lake, Jefferson , 10 miles away
Lake Jericho, Henry , 17 miles away

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